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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan told the Security Council that “independent and impartial” investigations and adjudications are “crucial” to the Court’s investigations regarding Darfur. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

17 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“It's not the location of trial, or even the forum of adjudication that is critical. What is critical are independent and impartial investigations, independent and impartial adjudications. And then the rule of law that the crimes of victims can move forward and realizing that everything has been done to try to ensure justice.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“The simple issue is this. If we don't accelerate cooperation between the government of Sudan and my office, investigations will keep continuing. If we are to carve out a roadmap for the completion of this situation, in the way that I believe the Council want, that the victims want. The way to do it, is to accelerate to inject more cooperation and assistance within the office.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:
“These cases are not against Sudan. Sudan is a partner not an adversary. They are against individuals for whom the evidence discloses their responsibility in relation to crimes within the jurisdiction of the court. We do need safe and secure access to Sudan, we need safe and secure access to the archives. We need to be able to look at where the mass graves are, and we need to be able to go all parts of Sudan and work independently.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations:
“Therefore, Sudan will remain committed to accountability, in particular in relation to international crimes. No doubt that fighting impunity, accountability will address to victims and healing the wounds are inevitable of such justice.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. Wide shot, Ambassadors at the Security Council Stakeout
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations:
“We call upon all States to intensify efforts to secure the arrest and surrender to the court of all ICC suspects at large. Moreover, we welcome the visit of the prosecutor to stand which concluded with a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the 12th of August 2021. For the first time this memorandum of understanding has extended the government of Sudan’s cooperation with the office to include commitment to cooperate in relation to each of the four suspects, not currently in ICC custody.”
13. Wide shot, Ambassadors at the stakeout
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations:
“We also expressed our serious concern about the military takeover in Sudan on 25 October 2021. We again call upon all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and emphasize the importance of full respect of human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. We also are concerned that political instability impacts the security situation in Darfur and call upon Sudan to offer its full support and cooperation with the office of the prosecutor. Finally, we encourage all States to fully support the Court in carrying out its important mandate of ensuring justice for the victims of the most serious crimes under international law. We confirm our unwavering support for the Court as an independent impartial and juridical institution of the last resort, which ankers the system of justice for serious international crimes that are primarily based on the jurisdiction of national court. In this regard, we welcome the prosecutor’s commitment to the core principle of complementarity. national authorities have the primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute Roman Statue crimes. The ICC only steps in when States are unwilling or unable to carry out national proceedings.”
15. Wide shot, Ambassadors leaving the stakeout

STORYLINE:

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan told the Security Council that “independent and impartial” investigations and adjudications are “crucial” to the Court’s investigations regarding Darfur.

Addressing the Council today (17 Jan) in New York, the Prosecutor briefed the Council members on the ICC investigations regarding Darfur focus on allegations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, Sudan, since 1 July 2002.

Khan said, “if we don't accelerate cooperation between the government of Sudan and my office, investigations will keep continuing, adding that “if we are to carve out a roadmap for the completion of this situation, in the way that I believe the Council want, that the victims want, the way to do it, is to accelerate to inject more cooperation and assistance within the office.”

The ICC’s Prosecutor also reiterated, “these cases are not against Sudan. Sudan is a partner not an adversary. They are against individuals for whom the evidence discloses their responsibility in relation to crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.”

He continued, “we do need safe and secure access to Sudan, we need safe and secure access to the archives. We need to be able to look at where the mass graves are, and we need to be able to go all parts of Sudan and work independently.”

Sudanese Ambassador Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig also spoke at the Council. He said, “Sudan will remain committed to accountability, in particular in relation to international crimes.”

Ambassador Siddig added, “no doubt that fighting impunity, accountability will address to victims and healing the wounds are inevitable of such justice.”

At the Security Council Stakeout, Mexican Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente spoke on behalf of the following members of the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), namely Albania, Brazil, France, Gabon, Ghana, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom and Mexico.

Ambassador Fuente said, “we call upon all States to intensify efforts to secure the arrest and surrender to the court of all ICC suspects at large.”

He said, “we welcome the visit of the prosecutor to stand which concluded with a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the 12th of August 2021. For the first time this memorandum of understanding has extended the government of Sudan’s cooperation with the office to include commitment to cooperate in relation to each of the four suspects, not currently in ICC custody.”

The Ambassador also said, “we also expressed our serious concern about the military takeover in Sudan on 25 October 2021. We again call upon all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and emphasize the importance of full respect of human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.”

The members are also concerned that political instability impacts the security situation in Darfur and called upon Sudan to “offer its full support and cooperation with the office of the prosecutor.”

Finally, Ambassador Fuente said, “we encourage all States to fully support the Court in carrying out its important mandate of ensuring justice for the victims of the most serious crimes under international law.”

He added, “we confirm our unwavering support for the Court as an independent impartial and juridical institution of the last resort, which anchors the system of justice for serious international crimes that are primarily based on the jurisdiction of national court.”

In this regard, Ambassador Fuente continued, “we welcome the prosecutor’s commitment to the core principle of complementarity, national authorities have the primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute Roman Statue crimes. The ICC only steps in when States are unwilling or unable to carry out national proceedings.”

The situation in Darfur was the first to be referred to the ICC by the United Nations Security Council, and the first ICC investigation on the territory of a non-State Party to the Rome Statute. It was the first ICC investigation dealing with allegations of the crime of genocide.

Former Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir is the first sitting President to be wanted by the ICC, and the first person to be charged by the ICC for the crime of genocide. Neither of the two warrants of arrest against him have been enforced, and he is not in the Court's custody.
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